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The Eight O’clock Club of Ald­ing­ton

At the last meet­ing, Brian Jag­ger was the guest speaker on Per­fumes, Smell and Odours. A for­mer chemists, Brian be­came a per­fumier, which is a pro­fes­sion whereby some 300 fra­grances are launched per year. The raf­fle was well sup­ported. Win­ners be­ing Kit Baker, Ca­role Hem­stridge, Joan Manuel, Bunny Jag­gers, Anne Ma­son, Zenna Petty, Jane Jor­dan and Pauline French. At the meet­ing on Tues­day, April 3, there will be a talk on Wind­mills. Ses­sions are held in the vil­lage hall at 8pm. There is more room for ad­di­tional mem­bers, who will be wel­comed to this friendly club. A fee of £1.50 in­cludes the raf­fle and re­fresh­ments. For more de­tails con­tact Anne Ma­son on 01233 720216.

Ald­ing­ton Ladies Gen­tle Ex­er­cise Club

A wel­come will be given by tu­tor Al­lanah Small for any­one who has had a hip re­place­ment or surgery and needs to im­prove fit­ness. Ex­er­cises for all sec­tions of the body are car­ried out gen­tly, en­abling par­tic­i­pants cor­rectly ne­go­ti­ate at a pace suit­able to them. Age is no hin­drance to take part as some ex­er­cises can be car­ried out sit­ting down. No spe­cial equip­ment is nec­es­sary. Re­quired is a T-shirt, a pair of slacks and prefer­ably soft shoes or bare feet. Ses­sions are held on Wed­nes­days in the vil­lage hall be­tween 2.15pm and 4pm. A fee of £3 in­cludes re­fresh­ments. Fur­ther de­tails from Anne Ma­son, phone 01233 720216.

Bethers­den WI

The March meet­ing was well at­tended, par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing was to wel­come so many vis­i­tors. Mary Ford con­grat­u­lated Penny and Tim Stubbs on cel­e­brat­ing a golden wed­ding an­niver­sary. Jean Buck­man pre­sented Lind­say Good from the Pil­grim’s Hospice with a cheque from the drama group. Tracy Laws vol­un­teered to be del­e­gate for the an­nual coun­cil meet­ing. Jean Buck­man re­ported that some of the bal­ance of pro­ceeds from the pan­tomime had been given to the vil­lage hall build­ing fund, to the church build­ing fund and that it had been sug­gested that the re­main­der be used for new chairs for the vil­lage hall. Agreed to buy a new mat for the darts team and that the monthly com­pe­ti­tion money be made up to £20, which will be given to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­try Women of the World. A group meet­ing will be held on Thurs­day, April 26 at Smar­den. Re­quested that any­one mak­ing a glove pup­pet for this event should bring it to the next meet­ing. Guest speak­ers were Lieu­tenant Com­man­ders Toby and So­phie (nee Spooner) Shaugh­nessy. They spoke about ca­reers and work­ing lives in the Royal Navy. The flower of the month com­pe­ti­tion was won by Jean Buck­man and the Windy Poem con­test by Mary Ford. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come. There is a WI no­tice board by the garage of Street Cot­tage, in The Street


Ash­ford Quest Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety

At the meet­ing on March 16 hosted was the fifth pro­jected images com­pe­ti­tion. Re­sults: film trans­paren­cies, Di­vi­sion One: 1 Mo­tocross by Mark Cald­well; 2 An­te­lope Canyon by John Deven­port; 3 Strip Light by He­len Tay­lor. Di­vi­sion 2: 1 Please Mis­ter by Ger­ald Gil­bert; 2 Me­dieval Ar­mourer by John Wood­ward; 3 Yak Train by Anne-Do­minique Fortineau Di­vi­sion 3: 1 Hadzapi bush­man smok­ing mar­i­juana by Mike Auger; 2 Frosted Grass by Mar­jorie Burge; 3 The Bou­tique by El­iz­a­beth Wil­son. Dig­i­tal pro­jected images: 1 Com­mon Blue by Michael Sin­den; 2 Lake­land Mood by John Wig­more; 3 Stark’s Lark by Deb­o­rah Ar­mour. At the meet­ing on Fri­day, March 23, fea­tured will be a talk en­ti­tled Still Click­ing Away, pre­sented by Peter Yeo. New mem­bers will be wel­comed. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from sec­re­tary Ka­t­rina Deven­port, phone 01303 814842 or chair­man, John Wood­ward on 01303 268109.

God­in­ton 55 Plus Club

Bob Cooper gave a wood­work and lathe-turn­ing demon­stra­tion at the last meet­ing. He brought along items made and mem­bers were able to pur­chase them. Mem­bers next meet on Thurs­day, March 22, in God­in­ton Vil­lage Hall, Loudon Way at 2.30pm for games. There will be a sales ta­ble, raf­fle and re­fresh­ments. En­try £1. New mem­bers wel­come. For more de­tails phone 01233 640159.

Ash­ford Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion

Mem­bers that have for decades or­gan­ised thriv­ing links be­tween the twin towns of Bad Mun­stereifel in Ger­many and Fougeres in France and are look­ing to ex­pand and at­tract younger peo­ple, to ex­pe­ri­ence the joys of con­ti­nen­tal friend­ship ex­changes. That club lead­ers have com­pleted an­other suc­cess­ful year, made crys­tal clear at the an­nual meet­ing in the Con­ning­brook Ho­tel on Fri­day. Last year there was a trip to Brit­tany, to cel­e­brate 20 years of links. Hosted was a group from the Eifel and as­sisted with the tri­an­gu­lar civic visit to Ash­ford. Held was an open meet­ing with prime guest speak­ers to in­clude deputy Lord Lieu­tenant, Colonel Peter Bishop. This year a party will be trav­el­ling in June to Ger­many prior to en­ter­tain­ing a French group. It was unan­i­mous that Gil­lian Lines was re-elected chair­man with Bob David­son as deputy. Al­lan Wells re­mains trea­surer with Alan Seal as sec­re­tary. The com­mit­tee is formed by Terry and Ann Sta­ple­hurst, Mike Elvy, Mar­ion Brown, Ur­sula Peters, Daphne David­son, Mau­reen Seal, Ade Ful­ton and Mike Ben­nett. Mem­bers were hugely en­ter­tained by an in­spir­ing talk about a year in of­fice by High Sher­iff Amanda Cot­trell from Chal­lock. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing or for more in­for­ma­tion about the as­so­ci­a­tion con­tact Mrs Lines, phone 01233 642660.

Lydd WI

At the last meet­ing, greet­ings were ex­tended to Hashmi for a talk and demon­stra­tion. Beau­ti­ful saris in bright colours, ban­gles, neck­laces and fore­head jew­ellery matched the tra­di­tional dress. Shown was how a gar­ment can be worn to fit women of all sizes. Mem­bers heard how things are chang­ing rapidly from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. Con­grat­u­la­tions were ex­tended to Bar­bara Tay­lor, who won a tro­phy for an en­try of a pho­to­graph in next year’s cal­en­dar. Ar­range­ments have been made for out­ings: Quex Park, Blue­wa­ter and pos­si­bly a hob­by­craft cen­tre. At the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, April 11, Mrs Pearce will be talk­ing on Flow­ers For Emma.

Egerton Over 60’s Club

For the March meet­ing, vis­i­tors from Bethers­den and Pluck­ley were wel­comed. Guest speaker was De­nis Pear­son, who gave an ed­u­cated and amus­ing talk on early life in York­shire and the drap­ery trade. En­ti­tled Bed Linen and Bloomers, mem­bers heard of a ca­reer in­volv­ing stock pur­chas­ing and man­ag­ing large stores be­fore re­tire­ment in Hythe. Mem­bers were able to see a dis­play of books and sam­ples from the in­dus­try. A raf­fle in aid of the Dover RNLI raised £77. A team com­peted in the an­nual Scouts quiz, which proved an en­joy­able evening. A sup­per fol­lowed by cake, pro­vided by the Scouts was ap­pre­ci­ated. Mem­bers cel­e­brat­ing birth­days: Doug Cardno, Gra­ham Sil­ver, Joyce Kingsnorth, John Gore, Betty Bolton, Phyl­lis Weeks, Peggy Harper, Pip Austin, Michael Hill, Peggy Kilby, Pip Garrood, Dorothy Hoyle, Bette Wells and John Watts. Hosted will be a dance on Satur­day, May 26 in the Mil­len­nium Hall, to which all pro­ceeds will be in aid of the Dover RNLI. En­ter­tain­ment will be by the Elas­tic Band. Tick­ets ob­tain­able by phon­ing 01233 756294. The next meet­ing takes place on Mon­day, April 16. The guest speaker’s topic is Mercey Ships, to which a raf­fle will be held in aid of the char­ity.

Folkestone Af­ter­noon Townswomen’s Guild

At the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing there was a guest vis­i­tor present. Mr Davies from Sit­ting­bourne showed hol­i­day films. De­picted was a coach­ing hol­i­day in Hol­land in the spring. Mem­bers ob­serv­ing fields of bulbs, the Keren­hoff gar­dens, pot­tery, clog-mak­ing, cheese and a di­a­mond cut­ting fac­tory. The com­pe­ti­tion for a tea towel was won by Jean Pas­more. The an­nual meet­ing will be held on Tues­day, March 27, which will be fol­lowed by a quiz and sales ta­ble. Also avail­able will be a raf­fle and re­fresh­ments. Vis­i­tors and new mem­bers wel­come to the United Re­form Church com­mu­nity hall from 2.30pm.

By­brook WI

Be­fore the March meet­ing be­gan ex­pe­ri­enced was a power cut with a dilemma if to can­cel or not! Al­though the power did re­turn be­fore 7.30pm, be­cause of the con­fu­sion num­bers at­tend­ing were down. Due to an op­er­a­tion the booked speaker was un­able to come. Step­ping in was Karen Gam­brell from Save Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral cam­paign. Shown were dra­matic close up pic­tures of the de­cay in the roof area, stonework and to the 12th cen­tury Ocu­lus win­dow. This brought home to mem­bers how se­ri­ous the con­ser­va­tion cam­paign is world­wide. A his­tory was given by Karen dat­ing back to 597AD and the changes through the cen­turies to the present day. Af­ter a tea break there was en­ter­tain­ment with very funny words of wis­dom and rhymes. It was a busy month for many mem­bers, with a games evening, a trip to the Mar­lowe Theatre to see Kiss Me Kate; and the WI’s an­nual coun­cil meet­ing at Mar­gate. Ann Reynolds will be high­light­ing about work as a mag­is­trate at the meet­ing on Tues­day, April 10. Vis­i­tors and new mem­bers will be made very wel­come to St Mary’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 7.30pm.

The RAFA, Hythe and Rom­ney Marsh branch

Speak­ers and out­ings rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Den­nis Sex­ton or­gan­ised guest speaker Bill Kemp­ton to gave a fas­ci­nat­ing talk at the March meet­ing en­ti­tled A Christ­mas Cruise. Em­ployed by a hol­i­day com­pany as a tour man­ager, Bill was aboard the ill-fated SS Lako­nia in 1963, The ves­sel caught fire and sank with the loss of 139 lives. Be­fore be­ing res­cued, he spent more than six hours in the wa­ter, but was even­tu­ally picked up and taken to Madeira. Per­mis­sion has been granted to hold a boot fair on Sun­day, June 3 on the Green at Hythe. Hoped is to ex­ceed last year’s at­ten­dance and raise funds for the Wings Ap­peal. Tick­ets for the char­ity con­cert by the Rail­way Swing Band at the Tower Theatre, Shorn­cliffe are sell­ing well. Seat­ing is lim­ited with tick­ets £10. To book and more de­tails con­tact Tony, phone 01303 220580 or Don on 01303 238435. At the meet­ing on Tues­day, April 3, the guest speaker will be David Sadler from the Bri­tish Red Cross. Mem­bers meet in the Hythe Con­ser­va­tive Club at 8pm.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Mu­seum So­ci­ety

The mu­seum re-opens on Mon­day, April 2, which is lo­cated in the church­yard. Ex­cept Sun­days and bank hol­i­days, vis­i­tors are wel­come be­tween 10am and 1pm. Ad­mis­sion is free but do­na­tions will be ap­pre­ci­ated. Stew­ards and mem­bers of the so­ci­ety are wel­come to a preview on Wed­nes­day, March 28 at 2pm. There are sev­eral new dis­plays. The cu­ra­tor, Alan Terry, the stew­ard co-or­di­na­tor, Derek Du­chemin and the com­mit­tee will be bring­ing ev­ery­one up to date and of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to make sug­ges­tions and dis­cuss ar­range­ments. The an­nual meet­ing will be held on Wed­nes­day, April 25 in Fur­ley Hall at 2.30pm. Helpers and new mem­bers will be wel­comed.

Egerton WI

Linda Lewis was wel­comed as a new mem­ber to the March meet­ing. Names were taken for the ed­u­ca­tional visit on Wed­nes­day, July 4 to the Yald­ing or­ganic gar­dens. The coach will be de­part­ing the vil­lage at 6.30pm. An­nual col­lec­tion for Pen­nies for Friend­ship took place and the money will be pre­sented at the an­nual coun­cil meet­ing. Guest speaker, Peter Ewart de­scribed with slides de­tailed nu­mer­ous ways of re­search­ing his­tory of a house. A project was un­der­taken in which the house he was liv­ing in re­vealed his­toric facts in old records. En­thu­si­asm was passed on to mem­bers, with some plan­ning to fol­low-up sug­ges­tions by re­search­ing homes. A vote of thanks was given by Pauline Miss­ing. Jill Hope won the com­pe­ti­tion for a pic­ture of Grome House. A day course in dy­ing fab­ric nat­u­rally by mem­ber Jenny Oliver will be given on Satur­day, March 31. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by phon­ing 01233 756452. Pat Parr and Wendy Byrne man the trad­ing stall. Re­cent items sold in­cluded free range eggs, plants, books, per­fume and hand-made cards. Some 10 per cent of sales profit is in aid of WI funds. Ideas are re­quired next month for the round ta­ble meet­ing, where mem­bers can dis­cuss views on next years pro­gramme. At the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, April 4, Frances Turner will be talk­ing about the Fair Trade or­gan­i­sa­tion. Mem­bers meet in the vil­lage hall at 7.30pm. The two com­pe­ti­tions are: a plate of home-made bis­cuits and a glove pup­pet.

Folkestone Cam­era Club

On March 12 there was a show­ing of the Lon­don Salon slides with com­men­tary on the in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion of Pic­to­rial Pho­tog­ra­phy. Th­ese slides from prints, were from very ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers from across the coun­try, and the stan­dard is very high. It gave con­struc­tive ideas on how mem­bers could im­prove pho­tog­ra­phy, al­though some are a lit­tle way out for usual club stan­dards. Ian Stone en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion hosted by the Aud­ley Travel mag­a­zine with the cat­e­gory: a pho­to­graph which en­cap­su­lates the spirit of a lo­ca­tion. En­ti­tled Horse games in Kry­gyzs­tan the venue was at Son-Kol Lake, 3,300me­tres in height. The win­ning photo was cho­sen from 300 other en­trants with the prize be­ing three nights at a five-star ho­tel in St Petersburg, Rus­sian Con­fed­er­a­tion. Bob Bris­ley has re­ceived a FIAP ac­cep­tance in Aus­tralia for the au­dio-vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion called New York, New York. Recog­ni­tion was also of a print by the or­gan­i­sa­tions Florida group, which was en­ti­tled An­therium. The en­try also re­ceived a DPAGB cer­tifi­cate. The club is cer­tainly do­ing well with per­sonal achieve­ments by mem­bers and win­ning sev­eral bat­tles re­cently against other clubs. Cur­rently there is a mem­ber­ship of 70 who en­joy a so­cial set­ting at meet­ings and do bat­tle with clubs within the county. The pro­gramme cov­ers many as­pects of pho­tog­ra­phy to suit all tastes. On Mon­day, March 26, judge Ge­off Cheney will be de­cid­ing en­tries for the slide/pro­jected im­age com­pe­ti­tion num­ber five. Two out­ings have be­ing ar­ranged: for April, Scot­ney Cas­tle and May Kew Gar­dens. For more de­tails log on to www.folke­stonecam­er­a­club Meet­ings are held in St Ge­orges Church, Aud­ley Road from 7.45pm. New mem­bers wel­come. More de­tails con­tact Jenny Bar­r­a­clough on 01303 245399.

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